Colin O’Donoghue spent most of this afternoon sitting in front of his computer trying to pick a team for the office fantasy football league. Despite having little to no knowledge of football Mr. O’Donoghue (37) confirmed to the Potato that he’s pretty confident he’s got a winning fifteen selected.
“It’s all about intuition with these things. First off the bat I recognised Les Ferdinand. I remember him being pretty good for Newcastle back in the 90s. He’s with Man Utd now apparently. I was surprised to see him still at it but I suppose a good soccer player is a like a fine wine. They get better with age don’t they?”
Colin pretended to be working on spreadsheets for an hour while trying to remember conversations he had overheard his friends having in the pub during the last Premiership season.
“There was a lot of talk of some lad called Gooch Cooper one day so I tried to pick him up as a striker. But I couldn’t find him on the list anywhere. He must have been snapped by a big European club during the summer transfer window thing I suppose.”
“I’m really looking forward to discussing transfers and offsides and that during coffee break on Monday mornings now. I’m really starting to feel like one of the lads around here. I’ve even signed up for that paintballing class they’re doing next weekend. I did art in school so it’ll be great to pick up the brush again and give it a lash.”
While Colin went to put his ten euro in the Fantasy Football League Kitty, his workmate Jonathan Reilly (26) who occupies the desk opposite had this to say:
“We all feel bad taking his money off him but he’s insisted. I just hope it’s not a repeat of the night he played poker with us. He got drunk on two cans, lost his entire wages because he thought two pair beat three of a kind and he was eating beans on toast for lunch for the next fortnight.
After pinning his team name “Le Kickarinos” to the notice board Colin returned, satisfied, to his desk. “I can’t wait to ring my Mam later and tell her how well I’m fitting in.”